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Four experienced parachutists intended to carry out a group descent from 5000 feet agl. To facilitate the procedure, all four were to exit the cabin and hold onto the aircraft structure before releasing at the appropriate moment. As the second parachutist moved to take up his parachute pack evidently snagged on the door opening, and the parachute deployed. The lines passed around the lift strut and under the gear leg. The parachutist was pulled off his seat but managed to throw his arms back and around the strut. The pilot felt the aircraft slow dramatically as the parachute opened, and he applied full forward movement of the control column. One of the other parachutists activated the cut away on the deployed parachute and assisted the parachutist to return to the cabin. The aircraft lost 3200 feet of altitude during the occurrence. During the descent to land it was noticed that the wing strut was flexing. After landing it was found that the strut was partly fractured. Had it failed in flight the wing would have been free to pivot upwards, with consequent loss of aircraft control.

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General details
Date: 31 March 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1344  
Location:Kyneton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Airframe - Other 
Release date: 09 August 1985 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-DBT 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kyneton VIC
Departure time:1333
Destination:Kyneton VIC
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